Black & White

Project Athena - 104 (Black & White)

Later Summer Flowers

By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather
And autumn’s best of cheer.
— Helen Hunt Jackson

White and green against a contrasting brown stained fence this Butterfly Bush is new to our landscaping a. I am loving that late summer fragrant blooms, hope you do too.

Butterfly Bush

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 55-200mm lens • 200mm • F5.6 • 1/60s • ISO 400

Project Athena - Day 103 (Black & White)

Meet Murphey

This is my neighbor's hot rod, man toy. It's a 1972 SS Chevelle, souped up for racing and louder than a fighter jet on take off. My neighbor calls him "Murphey" as though he he had the personality of a mild mannered accountant. The tire tracks in the drive way suggest something just the opposite. I personally have named him "The Beast" because I can hear him coming into the neighborhood while he is still a mile away.

I may not appreciate what is under the hood that makes this car so bad ass, but I love his lines and his shiny chrome. More than that, I love that it is black and white.

72' SS Chevelle

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 18-55mm lens • 18mm • F10 • 1/125s • ISO 400

Project Athena - Day 102 (Black & White)

Lady and the Hawk

Beating your wings and feathers,
You broke free from this cage.
— Rumi

The hawk is a magnificent bird of prey, so powerful and watchful. It brings the medicine of clear vision, wisdom, focus and freedom. Whenever I see a hawk soaring in the sky or observing the world from its high perch, I feel a sense of protection. I am gently reminded to examine my own life, to circle over it with keenness and intuition.

For me, Hawk represent the quality of a brave heart. To be willing to look at a situation from a heightened perspective before making decisions not only takes courage, but patience and confidence as well.

Whenever I see a hawk, it is my signal to take a moment and connect with the spirit world, to listen for any messages and to be ruthlessly honest with myself on all matters of the soul's purpose here.

Red Tail Hawk

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 55-200mm lens • 90mm • F5.6 • 1/50s • ISO 800

Project Athena - Day 101 (Black & White)

Yard Art

Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

I photographed this cross section of a tree trunk back in 2007 when it had just been freshly cut. Back then, the lumber was unsoiled and it still had the rich, earthy aroma of a fine wood.

That old photo has served as the texture and pattern in a number of my digital mandala creations. Today, I decided to reshoot this aged piece of wood that has weathered many a storm. in the elements as yard art. The concentric rings are becoming more distinctive and the cracks are more pronounced. It's still beautiful and full of wisdom.

Cross Section of a Tree

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 18-55mm lens • 50mm • F5.6 • 1/40s • ISO 800

Project Athena - Day 100 (Black & White)

What a tangled web we weave...

Take pictures of what you fear.
— Diane Arbus

Well....here I am in triple digits on this project and it feels like a huge accomplishment to be posting my 100th blog. I will let this photo speak for itself and evoke whatever it will for you.

Spider's Web    Nikon D3200 • Nikon 55-200mm lens • 200mm • F5.6 • 1/320s • ISO 200

Spider's Web

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 55-200mm lens • 200mm • F5.6 • 1/320s • ISO 200

Project Athena - Day 99 (Black & White)

Where it All Began

To the complaint, ‘There are no people in these photographs,’ I respond, There are always two people: the photographer and the viewer.
— Ansel Adams

In the beginning, there was black and white and it was good.

My first job while still in high school was working for a local newspaper called the Triangle Review. This is where my introduction into photography really happened. My job responsibilities included "paste-up", developing black & white film for editorial content, making prints with an old fashioned enlarger in a darkroom (which was really just a closet), doing process camera work, and shooting and developing the large format negatives that would eventually be used to burn printing plates for a web press.

I also was the editor and a photographer for my high school newspaper all three years. During my senior year, I earned a first place NSPA award for a photo essay about indoor bike racing. It was all shot in black and white.

So this week's theme feels like going home. I hope you enjoy it as much as I know I will.

Water Fountain, Fossil Lake Neighborhood, Fort Collins

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 18-55mm lens • 62mm • F/18 • 1/3s • ISO 100